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Whiplash is one of the most common auto accident injuries and can leave victims struggling with acute pain. In addition to neck pain, auto accident injury victims may experience chronic headaches, migraines, difficulty concentrating and other serious health problems. If you have recently sustained a whiplash injury, our Seattle chiropractic care team is here to help. Chiropractic care is very effective for providing immediate pain relief from whiplash. Spinal adjustments address the underlying cause for pain and restore proper alignment to the spine.
In order to understand why chiropractic care is so effective, it is important to understand the mechanics of an accident injury. During a rear-impact auto accident, the force of this impact “whips” the neck backwards and forwards, triggering a spinal misalignment. This type of injury forces the lower cervical vertebra into a hyperextended position while the upper cervical vertebra is forced into a hyperflexed position.
This creates an abnormal S-shape in the cervical spine, damaging the soft tissues that hold the cervical spine together, placing pressure on nearby nerves and triggering pain. You do not need to be in a serious car accident to sustain a whiplash injury; even seemingly minor fender benders at 5mph can cause acute neck pain. This pain will persist until proper alignment is restored to the cervical spine.
Symptoms of whiplash injury include neck pain and stiffness, recurring headaches, shoulder pain, dizziness, fatigue, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, arm pain or weakness, ringing in the ears, and difficulty concentrating on simple tasks. Auto injury patients may also struggle with insomnia and mood disturbances. If you suspect that your neck pain is due to a whiplash injury, prompt treatment from our Seattle chiropractor can help relieve your pain symptoms. Diagnostic tests including X-rays can help detect injuries to the soft tissues in the neck as well as an abnormal cervical spine alignment.
If you are diagnosed with a whiplash injury, chiropractic treatment can make a significant difference for your overall health. A spinal adjustment can restore proper alignment to the cervical spine, alleviating pressure on the nerves, supporting the body’s internal healing process, and providing immediate pain relief. Most importantly, chiropractic care provides immediate pain relief from whiplash injuries. Our evidenced-based, patient-proven care is dedicated to relieving pain as quickly and effectively as possible.
If you have never visited a chiropractor, you may wonder if adjustments are the best treatment option for your acute pain needs. During your appointment, our chiropractor will diagnose why you are experiencing acute neck pain, the causes for your whiplash injuries, and immediate pain relief can be best achieved.
Don't let acute pain from an auto accident injury compromise your quality of life. Contact our chiropractor today!